A New Mainstay for Value-conscious Audiophiles Parasound's Halo P 5 replaces the popular and long-lived Halo P 3 stereo preamplifier. Among its many advantages over the P 3 are a high-quality DAC with coaxial, optical, and USB inputs, subwoofer outputs with analog bass management, home theater bypass, a phono stage with moving-coil capabilities, and a precision, motorized volume control. How good does the P 5 sound? "It's audibly superior to the P 3 in every respect," notes the founder and president of Parasound, Richard Schram. Considering the superb audio performance of the P 3, that makes the new P 5 extremely special. "For 10 years, the Halo P 3 has been a mainstay of our line for value-conscious audiophiles," reports Richard. "However, new technologies have changed the ways audiophiles connect to and enjoy their music. So, the addition of a high quality DAC was an obvious choice for the P 5. There has also been a resurgence in turntables, so we upgraded the MM-only phono stage to also handle MC moving coil cartridges with a choice of load impedances." While the P 3 has outstanding two-channel sound, many audiophiles today have 2.1-channel stereo speaker systems with robust subwoofers. The P 5 actually creates a sub channel output for 2.1-channel listening. Adjustable Low-pass and High-pass Crossovers Among the P 5's many benchmark features is the ease with which it allows you to integrate audiophile stereo speakers with a home theater surround system. It is probably the only audio component currently on the market that includes switchable and adjustable low-pass and high-pass crossovers. Infinitely variable rear-panel controls let you set both crossover points exactly where you want them. The addition of an XLR balanced subwoofer output contributes to the convenience in a home theater set-up. Most people like to position their subs on the other side of the room, so a balanced output makes excellent sense. And for connection versatility, two RCA unbalanced outputs are also provided. Built-in DAC The Parasound Halo P 5 incorporates a very high quality state-of-the-art DAC. This DAC can process a wide range of digital sources with its coaxial and optical inputs accepting up to 192 kHz rates, and the USB input accepting up to 96 kHz. Five Line-level Sources Plus a Phono Input The Halo P 5's analog audio inputs include consist of RCA line-level stereo input, one pair of balanced XLR inputs, a phono input, and a front panel 3.5mm mini jack for portable audio players or smartphones. The line outputs are balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA, plus a choice of balanced or unbalanced subwoofer outputs. The main and subwoofer outputs can be run full range or placed under the careful regulation of variable frequency analog high-pass and low pass crossovers. The phono input is compatible with all moving magnet cartridges, and virtually all moving coil cartridges, with a 100 ohm/47k ohm switch to select the appropriate load impedance matching. Defeatable Tone Controls and Much, Much More The front panel has a headphone jack, controls for source selection, level, bass, treble, tone defeat, balance, and subwoofer level. There is an auxiliary input with an additional 12-dB gain stage to compensate for typically low output of portable devices. An included remote control duplicates these functions. The IC volume control of the P 3 has been replaced with a premium Alps motorized potentiometer. In addition to upgrades to the analog audio circuitry, the P 5 features a 0.5 watts standby power consumption to meet the new Energy Star requirements. A 12-VDC trigger circuit and a IR connection and loop-out make it easy to interface with sophisticated AV systems.
Burr-Brown PCM1798 DAC with USB, Optical and Coax inputs Coax and optical accept all sampling rates up to 192 kHz, 24-bit USB accepts up to 96 kHz, 24-bit Incoming jitter on all three digital inputs is significally attenuated with an effective clock recovery system Analog Bass management with high and low pass crossovers Home theater bypass input for surround sound integration Front panel subwoofer level control 5 RCA line level inputs 1 XLR balanced input (parallels Input 5 RCA jacks) Phono input for MM & MC cartridges with 100 Ohm or 47k Ohm load Front panel Aux input with automatic +12 dB gain stage Balanced XLR and RCA left and right outputs 1 balanced XLR and 2 RCA subwoofer outputs Bass & treble controls with defeat from remote or front panel Headphone jack with 10 ohm output impedance Rear panel IR input and IR loop output jacks 12 V output to trigger power amplifiers and other devices Automatic turn on with 12 V trigger or AC power Fixed level record output Premium motor-driven Alps potentiometer volume control Left/Right Balance control Remote control with discrete on/off power buttons 0.5w standby power consumption meets Energy Star spec Rack mounting adapter available (Model HRA 2 sold separately) Available in silver or black finish Parasound 5 year parts, 5 years labor warranty (USA only)
Hi-Fi Choice, April 2014
"The P 5 seemingly goes out of its way to throw up as much detail as it can... If you're looking for a 'Swiss Army Knife' of an audio product, this won't disappoint."
Frequency Response 10 Hz - 100 kHz, +0/-3 dB Total Harmonic Distortion < 0.01 % Crosstalk > 70 dB at 20 kHz Input Sensitivity 300 mv: 1 Volt Out Total Gain: 10 dB Maximum Output: 7 Volts Input Impedance Unbalanced: 24k Ohm Balanced: 100k O per leg Output Impedance Unbalanced: 100 Ohm Balanced: 470 Ohm per leg S/N Ratio - Line Inputs 1-5 > 108 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted > 88 dB, input shorted, unweighted S/N Ratio - DAC Inputs > 108 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted > 90 dB, input shorted, unweighted S/N Ratio - Phono Inputs MM > 80 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted MM > 70 dB, input shorted, unweighted MC > 67 dB, input shorted, IHF A-weighted MC > 55 dB, input shorted, unweighted Hi/Low pass crossover slope 12dB / Oct DC Trigger Requirements +9 Vdc to +12 Vdc, 2 mA XLR Pin Identification 1 = Ground (Shield) 2 = Positive 3 = Negative (Return) Dimensions Width: 17-1/4â (437 mm) Depth: 13-3/4â (350 mm) Height, with feet: 4-1/8â (105 mm) Height, without feet: 3-1/2â (89 mm) Net Weight 14 lb. (6.3 kg) Shipping Weight 21 lb. (9.5 kg) Power Requirement Standby: 0.5 Watts Power On: 20 Watts 100-250 Volts, 50-60 Hz (Automatic)